Software quality assurance analysts and testers

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
103k
Average Age
40.3
Average Salary
$92,384
Average Male Salary
$98,053
Average Female Salary
$83,237

About

Software quality assurance analysts and testers are most often employed by the Computer Systems Design industry. The average yearly wage for Software quality assurance analysts and testers was $92,384 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Software quality assurance analysts and testers by wage are Compensation & benefits managers, Other Physical Scientists, and Computer programmers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Software quality assurance analysts and testers are Sunnyvale & San Jose (North) Cities PUMA, CA, Redmond, Kirkland Cities, Inglewood & Finn Hill PUMA, WA, and Fremont City (East) PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Software quality assurance analysts and testers are Sunnyvale & San Jose (North) Cities PUMA, CA, Redmond, Kirkland Cities, Inglewood & Finn Hill PUMA, WA, and Fremont City (East) PUMA, CA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Software quality assurance analysts and testers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Computer Systems Design is the industry that employs the most Software quality assurance analysts and testers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Software quality assurance analysts and testers, by average wage, is Sporting goods, and hobby & toy stores . Software quality assurance analysts and testers are paid most in San Diego City (Northwest/Del Mar Mesa) PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Sunnyvale & San Jose (North) Cities PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$92,384
AVERAGE SALARY
± $4,324

In 2020, Software quality assurance analysts and testers earned an average of $92,384, $36,431 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Compensation & benefits managers make somewhat more than Software quality assurance analysts and testers while Other Physical Scientists make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Software quality assurance analysts and testers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.299
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Software quality assurance analysts and testers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.299, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Software quality assurance analysts and testers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Software quality assurance analysts and testers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Software quality assurance analysts and testers.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

103k
2020 Workforce
± 7,873
−6.25%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 11.4%

The number of people employed as Software quality assurance analysts and testers has been declining at a rate of −6.25%, from 109,766 people in 2019 to 102,906 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Software quality assurance analysts and testers employed by various industries. Computer Systems Design employs the largest share of Software quality assurance analysts and testers at  41.8%, followed by Banking & related activities with 3.28% and Insurance carriers with 3.22%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Software quality assurance analysts and testers in the US. The average age of male Software quality assurance analysts and testers in the workforce is 39.6 and of female Software quality assurance analysts and testers is 41.5, and the most common race/ethnicity for Software quality assurance analysts and testers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

63.5k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 6,187
39.4k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 4,871

61.7% of Software quality assurance analysts and testers are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Software quality assurance analysts and testers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Software quality assurance analysts and testers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

55.6% of Software quality assurance analysts and testers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 29.5% of Software quality assurance analysts and testers, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Software quality assurance analysts and testers.

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Age by Sex

39.6
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.11
41.5
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.45

The median age of Software quality assurance analysts and testers is 40.3, and Male employees are generally 1.84 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Software quality assurance analysts and testers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Software quality assurance analysts and testers is Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services but a relatively high number of Software quality assurance analysts and testers hold a major in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services.

Majors

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